Dianne Belle Rifkin Kirshtein was born on June 29, 1932 in Syracuse, NY, the only and beloved daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Rifkin. Dianne graduated from Syracuse University with both an undergraduate degree in Speech and Drama, and a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Although her early adult dream was to be a casting director, she acquiesced to her father’s practical suggestion to get a degree in an employable field, and she was able to use her SLP training at St. John’s in New Hartford. She also taught Drama at North Syracuse High School and was an adjunct professor at Utica college, where she taught Public Speaking in the 1970s.
Dianne was active in many philanthropic organizations, including the Temple Beth El Sisterhood and Hadassah. She supported a variety of local institutions, as well as the Susan B. Komen Cancer Research Foundation and the Jimmy Fund.
Dianne was an accomplished watercolorist, taking classes at Hamilton College and MWP Institute, creating beautiful landscapes of Central New York for friends and family.
Dianne is lovingly remembered by her husband, Murray J.S. Kirshtein of New Hartford, and her children, Jonathan and Kelli, and their families, including grandchildren, Rachel, Benjamin and Daniel, all in the Boston area. Her beloved poodle, Ollie, also mourns her death.
Services will be private. Shivah will be observed at the family home starting with Mincha and Ma’ariv on Sunday at 6:45 PM until Thursday.
In memory of Mrs. Kirshtein, please consider a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are with Mark C. Bentz Funeral Service, Inc. New Hartford.